Dryft's third album blurs the path and the distinction which could so far be made between this project and Bitcrush, the other name under which Mike Cadoo has been active since Gridlock's retirement. If Dryft had always sounded a lot more electronic, beat-driven and even industrial at times (and even on "Ventricle", the 2010 album which was so far this project's last opus), "The Blue Vent" gets a lot closer to Bitcrush's atmospheres and tonalities with its lusher, more ambient and more nugaze / shoe-gaze leaning vibe. Add to this a bit of reverb-ed guitar, some sparse vocals, and you get something which I would recommend more to fans of Mike Cadoo's "Epilogue In Waves" or "Of Embers" than to people who intended to keep Gridlock's flame alive through Dryft. A strong album, but also a surprise.
Related digital releases:Dryft - Ventricle digital